ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine women's ice hockey team was defeated 2-1 by Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. Boston University took a 2-0 lead, but Maine scored a power play goal by Brigitte Laflamme to make it 2-1 after the first period. Genevieve Turgeon and Allyse Wilcox stopped every shot in the second and third period. Maine falls to 9-18-2 overall and 4-13-2 in Hockey East play. Boston University is 18-10-3 overall and 9-7-2 in conference games.
The Terriers took an early lead when just 1:11 into the game Jonnie Bloemers passed the puck across the low slot to Nicki Wiart who buried the puck past the right side of Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec). Amanda Shaw also had an assist on the goal. Both teams then had two power plays each in an eight-minute span of the first period. Boston University took a 2-0 lead at 13:56 when Gina Kearns scored with assists from Nicki Wiart and Sarah Appleton. With the Black Bears on their third power play of the game, Kelly Law (Markham, Ontario) fired a shot in from the left point. The rebound was put into the net by Brigitte Laflamme (St.-Augustin, Quebec) at 18:03. Kate Sunstrum (London, Ontario) also had an assist on the power play goal.
In the second period, Maine picked up two more power play chances and had a six to one lead on shots at the nine minute mark. Jenna Oullette (Winnnipeg, Manitoba) had a break-away chance at the with five minutes left in the period, but her shot went wide. Boston University ended the period with a flurry of shots, but were unable to score. After two periods, Maine had a 18 to 13 lead on shots.
Boston University had the edge in the third period, aided by four power play chances in the period. At 17:29, Maine's Sonia Corriveau (Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) was called for a five minute spearing and game misconduct, giving the Terriers a ninth power play in the game. But once again, the Black Bears were able to kill the advantage. With five seconds to go, Maine pulled Genevieve Turgeon from net. The Black Bears won the face-off in the Terrier's zone, but did not get a shot of before the horn sounded.
In goal, Maine's Genevieve Turgeon (Lac Beauport, Quebec) had 21 saves and two goals against. For Boston University, Allyse Wilcox had 23 saves with one goal against. Maine had 11 penalties for 33 minutes and Boston University had seven penalties for 14 minutes. On power plays, Maine was 1-5 and Boston University was 0-9. Maine had a 24-23 advantage on shots in the game.
Maine will play the final home game of the season on February 18 against Boston University at noon. Maine's six seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game. For more information on University of Maine athletics, visit www.GoBlackBears.com.